trying to figure out just exactly what the dickens our government and military is thinking. If you've read this space very often, you know that I've been preaching that you can't negotiate with terrorists, and terrorists are our problem in Iraq. (Fine, fine. It's all about our occupying their country and whatever else you want to whine. Slink off into your piss-wet corner, liberal scum. What it's about is that Saddam & Co. were supporting terrorists all around the world in various ways. He had to go and we showed him the way out.)
So now we're looking to cut a deal with some of his former generals in Fallujah. Dubba, whatcha thinkin, boy? Do you really expect that these Saddamites are going to go in, get the people in that town we want and deliver them up to us, all nice and trussed up in the back of a truck?
We need to make an example of Fallujah. Destroy the place. Try not to hurt the innocent if possible, but make sure no two bricks are still mortared together when we leave. Make sure to tell everyone that the lesson will be repeated as often as necessary until they understand it.
On the topic of terrorism, the US State Department reports that if we don't count Iraq, terrorist incidents were at their lowest last year since 1969. You've all heard the rumors that we're deliberately not winning in Iraq in order to use it as a honey pot, pulling in all the "I want to die for Allah and take you with me Great Satan" types from all over the world. You have to wonder...